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S&PA Professional - New Year issue out now

17 January 2013

SPA_JanFeb2013_Cvr200250At the start of every year we set ourselves goals – some minor and short term, others long term and wildly ambitious. But if there’s one lesson we’ve learned from the summer of 2012, it’s that anything is possible.

This year is all about consolidation – building on what has been an unforgettable and magnificent year of sport. But looking ahead, it’s never been more apparent that the industry needs to focus on delivering a sustainable legacy in the years to come. And what a few years we have to look forward to, from the Commonwealth Games in 2014 to the Rugby World Cup in 2015 – and of course Rio 2016.

If anyone knows about consolidation and legacy it is Julie Harrington, managing director of the FA’s national football centre at St George’s Park. The Manchester United fan joined the FA last year and her journey has been nothing short of challenging. She speaks to Natalie Li about the highs of working for the FA, as it celebrates its 150th year anniversary this year.

But all have our part to play and now is the time to speak up for sport, argue Dr Neil King and Rob Bailey, as they explore how local authority professionals can make a case to improve provisions in the year to come.

But as we slowly take steps out of the recession it’s inevitable that we look at our own job satisfaction and security. HR expert Penny De Valk provides some leading advice on how to get your career moving in the right direction.

You all have your part to play in shaping your institute magazine – do get in touch with your stories. What would you like to see in your magazine during 2013, what is important in shaping your role and how can we help?

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  • Opinion: Sean Holt, CIMSPA chief, on upskilling
  • Defensive tactics: Why local authority professionals need to speak up about the positive impact of sport on local communities
  • Sport and the media: Will local sport gain airtime in 2013? S&PA Professional discover how to catch the eye of the media
  • They think it’s all over… How the Olympic brand partners are continuing the legacy of London 2012
  • Technical: How can grounds management mitigate the impact of bad weather?
  • Legislation: A brief guide to automatic enrolment pensions
  • Interview: Julie Harrington, managing director of the FA’s St George’s Park complex
  • Rising Talent: Loughborough student and CIMSPA East Midlands representative Matt Galloway
  • 24 hours with... Paul Reynolds, director of The Women’s Sports Network

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